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03-14-2009, 07:25 PM   #76
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Langille Quote
Just as Lance stated, they all have unique characteristics:

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Marc, outstanding shots as usual, but the first two are amazing. I thought the hummingbird was going to fly out of my screen. And the soldiers in the second shot are just great! Was that taken at Pea Ridge? I want to go back there with my full kit.

Thanks for posting these!

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Well, I can see that the biggest limitation I have with photography is myself - the examples posted here are far better than I've ever managed. But I agree with those who can't really choose a favorite - I feel much the same.

As far as "best" - I'd have a tough time saying the 77 Ltd is better than the A*300, but it probably is (barely).

As far as favorite - a toss-up between the Viv Series One 105 macro, the A*300 and the 77 Ltd. The 12-24 is closely behind them (it's my favorite when I'm in a wide angle mood).
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An impossible question. Best for what? How likely is it to be on hand when needed?

Overall best for low light & portraits: FA 50/1.4
Sharpest small tele: Tele-Takumar 200/5.6 (410g)
Almost as good, more flexible: FA 100-300 (380g)
Sharpest fat heavy tele: Jupiter-21M 200/4 (950g)
Best humungous tele zoom: Sigma 170-500 (1350g)
Best manual macro: Vivitar (Komine) 90M/2.8 (470g)
Best enlarger: Schneider Betavaron 50-125 (820g)
Most useful general walkaround: DA 18-250 (450g)

My costs range from US$3 (Viv 90M) to US$1000+ (Sig 170-500) but there are no real 'superlenses' there. Yet. Maybe after my next lens buying spree... Oh yeah, that Schneider goes on the bellows for REAL macro zooming. If I'm driving around with full kit, some of those 2- and 3-pound lenses will be on hand. But if I'm walking up a steep hot canyon with my big Domke shoulder bag, I'll likely be schlepping less and lighter glass. Spirit is strong, flesh is weak, hey?
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for me its the da*50-135

i had an fa 135, then sold it, then wanted one back very badly, but not at the price of $480 USD. so i jumped in and have been very pleased with the da*. i'm not sure if is quite equal in terms of IQ at 135 compared to the FA, but with weathersealing and it being a zoom, i haven't regretted buying it.

now saving up for the da*300

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very tricky question
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Langille Quote
Just as Lance stated, they all have unique characteristics:

FA* 300/2.8 - stunning image quality and color:





FA* 200/4
macro - same as above, and super creamy bokeh:


Example of clarity with the FA* 200/4 macro:



FA* 80-200/2.8 - good as a prime lens, although heavy:





DA 12-24
- awesome ultra wide angle zoom - very useful:


FA 77mm Limited - owned it, beautiful lens, and didn't use that focal length much... not doing much portraiture, so it had to go...

Oh, the the best and most underrated lens? The DA 50-200:




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Marc
Stunning shots, Marc.

You know how much I love that bridge photo taken with the DA12-24 - is there a better example from this lens from anyone?, but the humming bird is simply gorgeous. Surely you could sell that to some nature mag for mega bucks

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I know that lens is not SRL, but request permission to remember which for me was and is the best lens for 24 36 xs format:, the Summicron M 2/50 (any version but I love the third).

Said this, I like

SMC 1.8/50

pancolar 1,8/50

Flektogon 4/20,

CZJ 3,5/135

Biotar 1,5/75 (I haven't it yet)

Leica R APO 3,4/180

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The best lens I own?

The next one!
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The next one!
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Hey Marc L, if my memory serves me your bridge and mill image is of War Eagle? That's a beautiful shot of a beautiful area. Bonus points go to a person willing to get his feet wet.

The best Pentax lens I own would be my SMC Takumar 50/1.4. For best lens I own overall it would be toss up between the Tak and my Nikkor 60/2.8 Micro. It's an odd comparison of two lenses but they both produce images I'd describe as sharp yet smooth. If that makes sense.
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For me, it is between the 31mm ltd. and the 77mm ltd. The 31mm focal length is often used so it is my go-to lens.
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Marc, outstanding shots as usual, but the first two are amazing. I thought the hummingbird was going to fly out of my screen. And the soldiers in the second shot are just great! Was that taken at Pea Ridge? I want to go back there with my full kit.

Thanks for posting these!

Russ
First off, thank you for the comments! It took a while to get that close - about 7-10 feet away in the open with the hummers.

The cavalry soldiers were indeed photographed in AR, but at Prairie Grove on the original battlefield. It's one of the few reenactments that occurs on the original battle site.

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Marc, excuse me while I pause to wipe a tear from eye.

GORGEOUS!!!
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Stunning shots, Marc.

You know how much I love that bridge photo taken with the DA12-24 - is there a better example from this lens from anyone?, but the humming bird is simply gorgeous. Surely you could sell that to some nature mag for mega bucks

Cheers,

Lance
Thanks Lance - hope everything's better on your side!

Send me a PM about the War Eagle Mills & Falls image (bridge photo) - we can work something out...

I'll have to check around for hummingbird specific publications - thanks for the suggestion! It's always worth a try...

Cheers,
Marc
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